Long Island Teen Admits Trying to Help al-Qaeda

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 18-year-old Long Island man who pledged his loyalty to al-Qaeda and “wanted to die so that he could go to paradise” pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to provide material support to terrorists, prosecutors said Wednesday.A complaint unsealed in federal court on Tuesday revealed that Justin Kaliebe, a Babylon and Bay Shore resident, attempted to travel from the United States to Yemen to join al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a terrorist organization also known as “Ansar al-Sharia,” and got as far as John F. Kennedy International Airport, where he was arrested on January 21 during an attempt to board a plane to Muscat, Oman, prosecutors said.But law enforcement’s investigation into Kaliebe was well underway before his planned trip overseas.Kaliebe began meeting occasionally with an undercover officer in June 2011, but the meetings became more frequent when the officer became aware of his “self-proclaimed intent to support terrorists groups,” according to court documents. One year later, Kaliebe was recorded in a conversation with an undercover officer as saying he expected to fight the “Yemeni army” and “those who are fighting against the Sharia of Allah . . . whether it’s the U.S. drones or the, their puppets, in the Yemeni army . . . or, who knows, if American agents or whatever, U.S. Special Forces . . . who they got over there,” according to court documents.Kaliebe began saving money for a trip to Yemen in July 2012 with the intent to “go to Yemen to fight jihad,” court documents quote him as saying in a July 30 meeting.“Kaliebe attempted to turn his back on his country and align with radical terrorists,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, said in a statement. “His goal was to travel overseas to wage violent jihad against Yemeni and U.S. forces opposed to alQaeda. Firmly committed to this plan, he found both inspiration and guidance in the online teachings of al-Qaeda leaders, including Usama Bin Laden.”Kaliebe also pleaded guilty in February to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. He faces up to 30 years in prison.The investigation is continuing. The Joint Terrorism Task Force and New York City Police Department are also investigating Kaliebe’s activities.“I pledge my loyalty, allegiance and fidelity to the Mujahedeen of Al-Qaa’idah in the Arabian Peninsula and its leaders, Shaykh Abu Baseer Nasir Al-Wuhayshi and Shaykh Ayman Al-Zawahiri, hafidhahum Allah!” he said in an email, according to court documents. “May Allah accept this from me and may he allow me to fight in his cause til the day that I leave this dunya.”Kaliebe is the third Long Islander to be publicly connected to radical terrorist groups. One of those men, Samir Khan, an al-Qaeda propagandist from Westbury, was killed in a drone strike in 2011.last_img read more

Butler, Sykes lead Syracuse to comeback win after slow starts

first_imgQuentin Hillsman looked at the scoreboard and then at Brittney Sykes and Brianna Butler. He didn’t mince words. He told them they needed to step up.It was during a timeout late in the first half. The two had combined for just five points thus far and not surprisingly, Syracuse was down.“I said, ‘If you guys don’t start scoring, we’re not going to win the basketball game,’” Hillsman said. “‘There’s just no chance we can win if you’ve got two points and you’ve got three points.’“And they responded.”Syracuse’s top two scorers couldn’t get anything to go down in the first half, but eventually combined for 37 points in the Orange’s (12-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) 76-70 win over Georgia Tech (11-5, 1-2) on Sunday. The duo scored 11 of 12 points in a game-changing 12-point run to give SU a lead late in the second half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe late effort helped the Orange to its first ACC win as a member school in front of 772 fans in the Carrier Dome.“My teammates were getting on me,” said Sykes, who finished with 14 points. “Coach was getting on me about being too calm in the game. I had to step up for them to help them win the game.”Down the stretch in the second half, it was all Butler and Sykes. Butler — SU’s best 3-point shooter who finished with 23 points — connected on a 3-pointer to start the 12-0 run. Then, just more than a minute later, she tied the score at 63.With the score tied at 67 and 2:20 to play, Sykes was dribbling the ball up in pressure. The hounding defense left Butler wide open in the corner. Sykes found Butler, and she nailed it to give Syracuse a lead that it would not relinquish.“I think in the first half I kind of beat myself,” Butler said. “I think in the second half and toward the end of the first half, when I hit that first 3, it definitely made me more confident and I was able to knock down each of the shots.”Hillsman said he was concerned that Butler wasn’t looking for the 3. He said Georgia Tech was forcing her to drive to the basket, which hindered her from doing what she does best.“There are not many players in basketball that can light it up like neon, shoot the ball and make it every time they touch it,” Hillsman said. “You have to make shots, you can’t let teams turn you into a driver.”But the comeback also came on the soft touch of Sykes. Though she made only one shot in the first half, she was 3-for-3 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line in the second. Her jumper with 4:17 left gave SU its first lead in 14 minutes, and her free throws iced the game for Syracuse in the waning seconds.Sykes said SU’s second-half effort was a wake-up call for her team, which has blown a second-half lead in three of its four losses.“As soon as we ran in the locker room, we were all celebrating the win. But we came to realize that we can’t go back to the way we used to play,” Sykes said. “The ACC is a great conference and these teams are ready to battle.“We’re ready to battle with them.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 12, 2014 at 5:18 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Results from County championships

first_imgLooking at local results now and in the County Senior Hurling Championship yesterday evening Portroe overcame Lorrha-Dorrha in Cloughjordan…the final score there was 1-15 to 16 points. In Roinn 1 Group 2, Carrick Swans beat Moneygall 16 points to 10. In football, Loughmore Castleiney had one point to spare over Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun…it finished 7 points to 6 while in group 4 of the County Senior football championship…Drom & Inch were comfortable winners over Ardfinnan…the final score there was 1-12 to 8 points.last_img

Danny Rose grabs late winner as Tottenham fight back to claim vital Swansea win

first_imgDanny Rose scored a late winner as Tottenham came from behind to break down Swansea for a vital victory in their quest for a maiden Premier League title.Swansea came into this game after a 15-day break, while Spurs have clocked up 270 minutes of football since their stunning win at Manchester City. And Swansea demonstrated their freshness when they took an early lead at White Hart Lane through Alberto Paloschi, who finished well from close range after Leon Britton’s shot deflected into the Italian’s path. That jolted Spurs into action, but Heung-min Son and Eric Dier were both denied by the superb Lukasz Fabianski in the opposition goal. Spurs upped the tempo in the second half, with their relentless pressure when second half substitute Nacer Chadli diverted Kyle Walker’s low drive into the net, which stirred the home fans as their side looked for a winner.And the decisive goal came from an unlikely source – left-back Rose – who drilled a low shot through a crowd of bodies into the bottom corner after the visitors only half cleared a Spurs corner.The win is a vital one, particularly with rivals Arsenal losing at Old Trafford, and sees them cut Leicester’s lead at the top of the Premier League back down to two, while Mauricio Pochettino’s side pull three points clear of Arsenal ahead of next weekend’s north London derby.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Thursday September 5th Local Sports

first_imgCEDAR FALLS — After a near upset at Iowa State, the Northern Iowa Panthers now get set for their home opener against Southern Utah. The Panthers have won four of the five games in the series but the Thunderbirds won the last meeting in 2017.That’s UNI coach Mark Farley who does not believe there will be a letdown after a hard fought game in Ames.Quarterback Will McElvain passed for 228 yards in his first start and Farley felt the redshirt freshman played well.Farley says McElvain needs to be better in the pocket.Farley says that is the next step to becoming a complete quarterback.Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 4 o’clock EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — After signing Kirk Cousins to a fully guaranteed contract last year, the Minnesota Vikings have given their quarterback even more to work with this time. There’s a new offense being implemented, with plans for more time under center and a higher volume of play-action passes. There are high draft picks at center and tight end, too. This season will surely be a crossroad of sorts for both Cousins and the Vikings, their trajectory toward that elusive Super Bowl victory inescapably intertwined. IOWA CITY — Offensive lineman Kyler Schott is quickly becoming Iowa’s latest walk-on success story. With Cole Banwart sidelined with injury and tackle Alaric Jackson going down with a knee injury Schott entered the game and played well in a win over Miami of Ohio. The redshirt sophomore could get his first start at right guard in the Hawkeyes Big Ten opener against Rutgers.Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has not been surprised by Schott’s success.Ferentz say Schott worked hard to get into the lineup.Kickoff between Iowa and Rutgets is scheduled for 11 o’clock Saturday morning, with the pre-game show starting at 9 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts knows the Boston Red Sox are running out of time to be patient.The reigning AL MVP homered on the first two pitches he saw from José Berríos on Wednesday night, collecting four hits and five RBIs in all to help Boston beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2.The game was delayed 47 minutes at the start by a rainstorm, then two Twins outfielders took the wrong positions for the first inning.It got even stranger at the end.Willians Astudillo was hit on the forearm while swinging in the ninth, and he was initially called out before returning to complete his at-bat. Then plate umpire Ramon DeJesus was hit on the left hand by a pitch, sending his pitch counter flying; while the Boston trainer was tending to him, second base ump CB Bucknor ran off to the umpire’s room to get a chest protector and was still missing when the game resumed after DeJesus decided to stay in the game.Bucknor returned for the next batter.Meanwhile, Minnesota put two on with one out before Brandon Workman got Nelson Cruz on a game-ending 1-4-3 double play. The AL Central-leading Twins, who had won seven of eight, fell to 5½ games ahead of second-place Cleveland in the division. MASON CITY – The NIACC volleyball team dropped a 3-2 decision to DMACC in its Iowa Community College Athletic Conference opener Wednesday night in the NIACC gym.DMACC won 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 15-10.In the fourth game, the Lady Trojans jumped out to a 15-0 lead and held on for the five-point win to force the fifth and deciding game.NIACC was led by sophomore Kennedy Meister with a career-high 29 kills. She also added 21 digs and two assists.Also for the Lady Trojans, Shelby Heston had 10 kills and eight digs, Bri Powers had 19 digs, Tessa Sienknecht had eight assists and nine digs, Kayla Lentz had 21 digs, Becca Steffen collected 33 assists, 21 digs, seven kills, five ace serves and two blocks and Alexa Loftus had 14 digs.NIACC (6-3 overall) returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Rochester Community and Technical College Yellowjacket Invitational in Rochester, Minn.last_img read more